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Extended Runway Delays At Historic Low
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While a growing number of people are flying as a result of cheap airplane tickets and cheap vacation packages, little tends to upset fliers more than sitting on a tarmac for over three hours waiting for their flights to depart.
The good news is that such extended runway delays fell to record lows in 2014. Only 30 domestic flights had runway delays longer than three hours and 9 international flights departing from U.S. airports experienced delays longer than four hours.
This is a dramatic turnaround from 2009, when 868 domestic flights experienced runway delays in excess of three hours. That was the last full year before government regulations went into effect forbidding U.S. airlines operating domestic flights from keeping passengers on planes delayed beyond three hours without facing steep financial penalties.
The rule was implemented in April of 2010. The next year the rule was extended to apply to U.S. and foreign airlines operating international flights to or from the United States.
2014 numbers were a significant improvement from the prior year when there were 84 domestic flights with runway delays in excess of three hours and 55 international flights with delays lasting over four hours at U.S. airports.
These runway delay rules were put in place to protect passengers and have clearly succeeded, according to the Department of Transportation.
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